Monday, March 13, 2006

Brits to Drop Numbers in Iraq

Britain's Defence Minister revealed that at the conclusion of the spring rotation of troops in Iraq the UK will have 800 fewer than at present. This is about a 10 percent drop.

At its height, the UK contribution to the coalition was 46,000. Currently it is about 8,500. UK fatalities in Iraq number 103, exactly one-half of all non-U.S. fatalities. Thirty-four fatalities were from accidents or friendly fire. Another five UK soldiers have died in Afghanistan.

Were the U.S. to drop 10 percent of its current force strength in Iraq, that would be about 13,200 troops. Not a bad idea.

Let's support the troops: start bringing them home.

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